UE News and Notes for Dec. 19, 2012

—Senior Colt Ryan won yet another Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, the league office announced today. Ryan, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season, is an accounting major with a 3.41 grade-point average.

—Everything from UE’s win over Division II Oakland City — links, quotes and some thoughts on the game — can be found here, including a Mighty Oaks-centric perspective from the Princeton Daily Clarion. Look for more starting Thursday on UE’s game this weekend at No. 19 Butler.

—Coming out of the half against UE’s games against Alabama State and Oakland City, UE showed a JibJab Christmas video with the Aces’ four seniors and coach Marty Simmons’ faces. You will laugh. Just as funny was watching the Aces ignore it playing on the Ford Center video board while they walked back on the court.

—UE sophomore Mallory Ladd, a Valparaiso transfer, will be eligible to suit up for the Aces on Thursday now that the fall semester is over. Check out a Q&A with Ladd and look for more on her return in Thursday’s paper.

—The UE women open the Toledo Invite at 6 p.m. Thursday against the host Rockets, who are coached by former Aces coach Tricia Cullop. In her eight seasons at UE, Cullop won the program’s only MVC regular-season title. Depending on Thursday’s results, the Aces then play either Hamptom or Prarie View A&M on Friday.

—In a game Tuesday between two UE opponents who hadn’t beaten a Division I opponent, Alabama A&M knocked off Missouri State. It wasn’t even close. The Bears are struggling, to say the least.

—Days after Wichita State los leading scorer/rebounder Carl Hall to a hand injury, Ron Baker became the third Shockers starter to miss time. Hall and Baker started every Wichita State game before their injuries.

—Creighton coach Greg McDermott tweeted Tuesday that his senior guard, Josh Jones, went through successful medical procedures. Jones passed out before a recent Creighton game and will be out at least a month.

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